Women’s football has always been seen as a secondary attraction after the traditional male game but in recent times the attitudes towards female football have been changing. With huge crowds coming out to support Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics, Women’s Football is starting to get the recognition it deserves throughout the UK and around the world. Women’s football has always had a big following in the United States and many ladies looking to further their skills head over looking for the next challenge.
19 year old Charlotte Brown from Medomsley started her Football career at a young age of 9, playing for Consett Football Club’s junior team. Over all of the year’s honing her skills with Consett she decided to move over to play with the East Durham team based in Peterlee where she would later play for and captain their college team. Playing in a number of positions over the years, Charlotte has now settled into the winger role being confident in her game on both sides of the pitch where her outstanding speed gives her an edge on the competition.
After finishing a sport course at East Durham College, Charlotte and one of her team mates, centre midfielder Katy Hemmingway, were accepted for a scholarship to play football over in the US for the Bethel University team in the state of Tennessee. Making the move from the North East of England to the Deep South of the USA is nothing short of monumental but both the girls have grasped the challenge by the scruff of the neck and have taken to life in the US with ease.
In their second year of university, the girls have moved from the Junior Varsity team up to the fully fledged Varsity squad playing against some of the biggest names in the Southern University League and racking up an impressive tally of wins this season. They are always looking for sponsorship to help support them on their journey to the top. Let’s hope these girls can keep progressing in the game they love whilst having an amazing adventure to remember.